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I am currently reading Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese.

 

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What am I doing to keep sane and calm during wedding planning craziness? Well, it’s not always easy, but here is what works for me. Keep close to your family and friends. Listen to their advice, their love will keep you stable.

I also read poetry and prose to keep me sane. This is always a good strategy, not just for rough times. Here is a passage I read today that calmed me down and reminded me to enjoy life as a precious gift. The passage is from Walden or Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau.
“We must learn to reawaken and to keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep.”
What a beautiful way to look at the world!

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I am about halfway through The Tiger’s Wife: A Novel, by Tea Obreht on my kindle. So far I am really enjoying it. I have also picked up a collection of short stories by Lorrie Moore called Birds of America. I like her erratic writing style. For poetry I am reading Collected Poems by Robert Bly. He is definitely one of my new favorites!
Here is a link to one of his more recent poems on The Writer’s Almanac:
The Blind Old Man

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Reading Poetry

I always read the Writer’s Almanac. I subscribe to the free daily e-newsletter so it comes straight to my email. I am usually impressed with the daily poems. It also provides a good way for me to branch out and read contemporary poets I have never read before. They do a mix of contemporary and older poets which is nice.

I really enjoyed this poem by Robert Bly: What Did We See Today? You can find it on the Feb. 18, 2011 newsletter, or follow this link:
http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2011/02/18

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Poet of the Month

Lately, I have not been able to finish a book. I have never had this problem before and I am not sure of the cause. So I have decided to give myself some challenges. I haven’t been able to read fiction or even nonfiction, but I don’t have a problem reading poetry. So I will have a new poet every month to read and study. This past month was T.S. Eliot.

Last month 12/09:
-“The Wasteland”, by T.S. Eliot

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100 books in one year!

I wanted to see how many books I read in a year. So I decided to challenge myself to read at least 100 books this year. Here is a list of the books I have read so far starting this month:

B is for Beer, by Tom Robbins

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“The best way out is always through.”
-Robert Frost

When I am unhappy with something going on in my life I like to remember this quote. It is always easier to turn and run or avoid a situation all together. This quote helps remind me to buckle down and do my best instead of run away. You rock Robert Frost!

Flowering Cactus

Flowering Cactus

Flowering Cactus 2

Flowering Cactus 2

I think cacti are my favorite plants. I have always loved the oddness of them. I especially love when they surprise me by blooming (for some reason it always surprises me), as if they are trying to prove their beauty.

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